Volleyball Sweeps Butler at the Golden Gate Volleyball Tournament

Sept. 13, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The Washington State University volleyball team won its seventh consecutive match of the 2002 season with a sweep of Butler University in the first contest of the Molten Golden Gate Classic tournament at the War Memorial Gym on the University of San Francisco campus Friday night.

With the 30-16, 30-24, 30-25 win, Washington State moves to a record of 7-0 while Butler drops to 4-7.

Adrian Hankoff led all players with 12 kills and only one error in 19 attacks for a .579 hitting percentage as the team hit a season-high .459 for the three games. LaToya Harris added 11 kills (.348). Holly Harris and Brenn Larson had an error-free match with Larson getting six kills in nine attacks (.667) while Harris had seven kills in 15 attacks (.467). Larson threw up 45 assists and Kortney Jamtaas lead the match with 12 digs.

Areal Bienemy's 10 kills (.074) and nine digs led the Bulldogs who hit .192 as a team.

The Cougars took command of the game early and except for a five-point run in the middle, accumulated points in pairs. WSU out-hit Butler .486 to .152 en route to the 30-16 win.

The Bulldogs hung with WSU closely in game two, staying within three points of the Cougars. WSU extended a 22-19 lead to 25-19 behind kills from Zanda Bautre and Victoria Prince. The teams then traded points until the final score of 30-24. The Cougs hit .429 in this game and held BU to .180.

Washington State trailed by three for much of the early game three action. Prince's net-nicking service ace knotted the game at 14 and the Cougars picked up the play, out-scoring the Bulldogs 10 to 6. The Cougar middles provided solid play as Prince and Holly Harris attacked at the net and WSU went up 26-22. Bienemy and Keely Norris kept Butler in the game with kills and an ace to close the score to 27-25. Hankoff closed the win for the Cougs with a kill and back-to-back aces for the 30-25 win.

'I was happy with the hitting tonight especially when you look at the stats and see that everybody who hit, hit very well,' Cougar Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'It gives us good depth and we need to see that. We still need to improve our blocking. We're letting balls get through us that shouldn't be getting through and that's something that has to get better.'

'I was just trying to do my job,' Hankoff said. 'It would have been a little more exciting to watch if we had changed it up a little bit, but we got done what we needed to do. It was another day at the office.'

Saturday, Washington State meets Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne and host USF Saturday.

#25 Washington State (7-0)	30	30	30Butler (4-7)	        16	24	25STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 59 (Hankoff 12), BU 44 (Bienemy 10)ASSISTS - WSU 49 (Larson 45), BU 38 (Matthews 29)DIGS - WSU 41 (Jamtaas 12), BU 32 (Bienemy 9)BLOCKS - WSU 4 (H. Harris, Larson, Prince 2 each), BU 3 (Norris 2)SERVICE ACES - WSU 5 (Hankoff, Prince 2 each), BU 2 (Bienemy, Matthews 1 eaach)Attendance:  185
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